Sen. Coburn one of two Senators planning to keep salary during shutdown
Day three of the Government Shutdown and Democrats and Republicans are reportedly not close to a deal, meaning the shutdown could last at least until the weekend. Some lawmakers are refusing to accept their paycheck or will donate it but that doesn't include one Oklahoma Senator.
On Monday at 11:01 PM CDT, the government began shutting down with 800,000 federal workers landing on furlough. 533 men and women not included in that list: Congress. The 27th Amendment to the Constitution restricts any Congress from changing its own pay.
Despite that, 31 Senators told CNN they are planning on donating their paycheck during the shutdown to charity or the Treasury Department.
Only two senators have told CNN they plan to keep their salary: Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma and Chris Murphy.
On CNN's Crossfire, Coburn said that he plans to keep his salary and "spend it and tithe it and give to it charities and do the things that I've always done."
In the House, 44 representatives have said they'll donate their paychecks to charity or the Treasury, while 54 are not accepting a paycheck at all. Included in the group not accepting is Jim Bridenstine, (R-OK 1st District).
Another Oklahoma Representative, Marwayne Mullin (R-OK 2nd District), plans to donate his paycheck to the Treasury.
FOX 25 has called Senator Jim Inhofe as well as Representatives Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, and James Lankford to ask if they are accepting their paychecks during the shutdown but has not yet received a return phone call from their respective offices.